Intern (EU Policy)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Brussels, , BE

About the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to agree and develop policy, laws and best practice, and also supports scientific research and manages field and policy projects all over the world.

Please note that an EU work permit is an essential requirement for this position.

Applicants must have student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship. The internship is unpaid but expenses for public transport and lunch are covered (monthly MOBIB card + 5 EUR/day for meals)

The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support the EU policy work of the office. Under the supervision of the IUCN European Senior Policy Manager, the intern will assist in the implementation of IUCN EURO’s work programme 2017-2020, and the development of the next programme, supporting the activities related to European Policy and Programme. The intern will also support the organization of meetings and events internally and in collaboration with the EU Institutions -the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council-, as well as external communication activities of the office related to EU policy.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

• General support to the activities of the Senior Policy Manager, including some project- and policy-related activities;
• Assist in the IUCN’s European policy work, in particular monitoring the relevant activities of EU Institutions, research on EU policies and processes related to nature conservation and sustainable development, and in particular on biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and marine pollution (e.g. search for upcoming events & policy calendars, research background information, EC consultations etc.), prepare briefings and communication material, and support in the organization of meetings and related events;
• Support in the liaison, organization and follow-up of meetings of the IUCN European Policy Advisory Group, the internal IUCN support group for EU policy work;
• Attend meetings and conferences and reporting on the outcomes;
• Organize events and meetings, including speaker liaison, logistics and onsite support;
• Produce communications materials such as newsletters, web stories, articles, brochures, fact sheets, etc.) related to EU policy;
• Assist in preparing speeches, PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics related to IUCN’s mission;
• Assist in the liaison with EU Institutions, IUCN members and partners;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis, including assistance in project management activities and logistics for meetings.

 • Applicants must have student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship;
• Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on environmental policy, sustainable development, international relations – or other discipline relevant to nature conservation, natural resources management, sustainable development or international policy;
• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European environmental policies, in particular biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, or circular economy policies;
• Proficient level of written and spoken English, other languages are an asset;
• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;
• Strong writing skills and IT literate: MS Office;
• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;
• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;
• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;
• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;
• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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